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Southern Illinois Fishing Reports

Southern Illinois Fishing Report- October 31st, 2014

Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action is improving. Fish are being found at varying depths, depending on cover. Minnows and jigs seem to be equally effective. Catfish action has slowed somewhat. Bluegills have slowed, although some fish are still being caught along the riprap on crickets and waxworms. Bass action is good on a variety of baits fished around shallow cover.

Baldwin Lake: Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Bass are hitting plastics and crankbaits around riprap and in shallows. Bluegills are picking up on meal worms or waxworms.

Horseshoe Lake: Catfish remain steady. Anglers are catching fish by drift fishing nightcrawlers just off the bottom. Some crappies are being caught in brush piles at the outside edge of the tree line.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are biting well below the spillway, with a few fish coming from near the trestles and the silos. Whites are also biting on the main lake on the flats. Crappies fair on minnows below the dam. Channel cats are good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Good catches reported in late evening and early mornings. Flatheads are biting on cut bait and liver. Bass are hitting spinners and spoons thrown up along the rock wall. 

Kinkaid Lake: Muskie action has been excellent. Anglers are picking up fish by trolling and casting. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Crappies are rated fair. Anglers are taking fish at varied depths, from 2-18 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.

Lake of Egypt: Crappies good on minnows and light jigs. Bluegills fair on rooster tails and worms. Most fish are being located in 6-8 feet in front of weedbeds. Bass are still rated good on topwaters and spinners, and some on soft plastics. Catfish good on shrimp and stinkbaits.
Lake Murphysboro: Catfish action remains excellent, particularly in the morning and early evening. Most anglers are using chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Bass are also rated fair to good. Crappie anglers are finding fish at various depths. Minnows are the preferred bait. Bluegill action is slow.

Little Grassy: Bluegill and redear are slow to fair. Channel catfish fair on shad or cut baits. Crappies picking up on minnows and jigs.

Rend Lake: Crappies are still rated good on minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs, and pink/green jigs. Fish are being caught over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-10 feet of water. The Route 154 riprap, Gun Creek bridge, and the sailboat harbor wall have all been productive areas. Catfish action has also been good. Catfish anglers are working riprap areas, Gun Creek, the subimpoundment dams, and shallow areas. Shrimp, nightcrawlers, shiners, and stinkbaits have all been effective. 
Bass are rated good, with some fish being caught on spinnerbaits, black and other dark-colored buzzbaits, and soft plastics. White bass also are good on the flats in evenings. Many fish have been taken just before sundown. Anglers are fishing curlytail jigs in shallow areas and using minnows in riprap areas or whites. Bluegills picking up on waxworms and other live bait.

Pinckneyville Lake: Largemouth bass have been fair to good. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6-8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has been fair.

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